Welcome to Maine!

The Way Life Should Be!

Are you planning a move to Maine? Maine is one of the best states in the nation to raise a family. Our homeschool community is strong and vibrant, too! We're looking forward to meeting you once you arrive. In the meantime, we know you have lots of questions. 

 

What's the homeschool climate like in Maine?

For a couple decades now, homeschooling in Maine has been pretty simple. We’ve had a good relationship with the state government and with the Department of Education. In 2019, however, things started to get a little dicey! HSLDA and HOME have been diligent to protect our rights and our laws, but there is still a bit of instability to work through. The homeschool laws have not changed, but the administration isn’t content with the laws. We are now in a vigilant watch. We highly recommend joining HSLDA if you are not already a member. 

 

What are the homeschool laws in Maine? 

Maine is a moderately regulated state. The process to homeschool is pretty simple, but there are a few things to keep track of and send in. Here is the link to a summary of the Maine law.

 

What do I need to know about Maine's immunization law?

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions.

 

Where can I find a co-op?

1. Churches, libraries, and Facebook groups seem to be popular places to find groups to work with for various opportunities including support, field trips, classes, and activities.

2. You can also contact the HOME Regional Representative for your area and ask them if they know of groups in your area. 

 

 What's the best way to meet families in my area?

1. Churches, libraries, Facebook groups, and HOME Events are good places to meet other      homeschool families.

2. You can also contact your HOME Regional Rep and ask them for suggestions for ways to meet others. 

 

When should I file my notice of intent?

There are several answers to this:

 

1. If your child is between the ages of 6 and 17, send your Notice of Intent by September 1st of the coming school year.

2. If you move to Maine after September 1st, file the Notice of Intent within 10 days of moving to Maine.

3. If your child’s 6th birthday occurs sometime during a regular school year, you must file within 10 days of that child’s birthday. (If your child has reached the 17th birthday, filing is not required.)

 

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Are there any sports leagues?

Maine is a small state, and it’s rare to find a sports league. Many homeschoolers join up with either the public school or private schools. Here is a page on our website that talks more about this law.

  1. The public school will have health and grade reporting requirements, but Maine homeschool law does allow for homeschoolers to participate on their teams.
  2. Private schools, usually Christian schools, have been known to enjoy having extra students join their teams. Each school has its own policy. 
  3. There may also be a local YMCA or Rec center that offers community sports for children. 

Where can I buy homeschool curriculum, locally?

Each year, HOME holds its annual Used Curriculum Sale and Expo in May. This is a great place to sell your used curriculum, and pick up the curriculum you need at deeply discounted prices.

 

Can you direct me to a church with homeschoolers in it?

The following churches have been recommended by HOME members as having a “homeschool friendly” congregation. (We will be adding churches as the locations are supplied from our friends and leadership team members.) Check with your HOME Regional Rep, as well.

Cornerstone Baptist Church, Topsham

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

Cornerstone Baptist Church, Camden

Kezar Falls Assembly of God, Parsonsfield

Livingstone Community Church, Standish

Pathways Community Church, Ellsworth (A homeschooler there: Brandi Schunk)

West Buxton Baptist Church, Buxton

St Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy, Lewiston and Portland

 

How can I find co-ops, support groups, or classes?

Contact churches, libraries, Facebook groups, or the HOME Regional Rep for your area.

 

Can I homeschool and still work a 40 hour a week job?

Homeschooling is a way of life and many families do work and homeschool successfully. It may take a bit of creativity and trial and error to find a schedule that works for your family, but it can be done. You may want to consider joining our Facebook page, "Working and Homeschooling in Maine," to connect with other families who are, or have, worked and homeschooled.

 

Where can I get curriculum recommendations and reviews?

1. Leaders of co-ops

2. Members of Facebook groups

3. HOME has Curriculum Counseling available to help you choose your materials.

4. Cathy Duffy Homeschool Reviews

5. The Secular Homeschooler has a “Secular Rating” system of curriculum - you can see the whole list here: https://www.secularhomeschooler.com/secular-homeschool-guide/

 

Do any Maine colleges have dual enrollment opportunities?

High school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements are eligible to enroll in the University of Maine's Early College for ME program. 

 

1. Free for qualified students

2. Learn more about Early College Programs at each of Maine’s Public Universities.

 

Where does my high schooler take SATs?

        At local high schools

 

What is there to see and do in Maine?

There's no shortage of things to do in our state, whether you're a history buff or a nature lover!

 

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